SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, and Understanding

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SSAT Upper Level Verbal

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Example Question #161 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

DECODE

Possible Answers:

Officiate

Disapear

Mingle

Decipher

Caterwaul

Correct answer:

Decipher

Explanation:

To "decipher" something, be it a complex riddle or a simple remark, is to "decode" that thing. To "caterwaul" is to yowl or cry. To "officiate" is to preside over, and the verb is usually applied to ceremonies such as marriage. To "mingle" is to mix and blend.

Example Question #162 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

REPRIMAND

Possible Answers:

Mollify

Harbor

Extol

Forfend

Chastise

Correct answer:

Chastise

Explanation:

To "reprimand" is to "chastise," scold, or admonish. To "forfend" is to protect, and to "extol" is to laud or praise. To "mollify" is to placate, while to "harbor" is to house, to extend refuge to.

Example Question #163 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

ENERVATE

Possible Answers:

Rebut

Ally

Placate

Weaken

Invigorate

Correct answer:

Weaken

Explanation:

To "enervate" is to tire, "weaken," and drain of energy. This is an antonym for "invigorate," which means strengthen. To "placate" is to mollify or appease. "Rebut" means refute. To "ally" is to join forces in pursuit of a common goal.

Example Question #164 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

BLOVIATE

Possible Answers:

Perjure

Talk excessively

Work assiduously

Wander aimlessly

Persecute ruthlessly

Correct answer:

Talk excessively

Explanation:

To "bloviate" is to talk pompously and in an overblown manner. To "meander" is to wander aimlessly, and to "persevere" is to work assiduously. To "perjure" is to lie under oath. To "persecute ruthlessly" is to oppress.

Example Question #165 : Synonyms: Verbs About Communicating, Arguing, And Understanding

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

EXTOL

Possible Answers:

Daunt

Prevaricate

Subsume

Contaminate

Laud

Correct answer:

Laud

Explanation:

To "extol" something is to sing its praises. To "subsume" something is to absorb it into something else. To "prevaricate" is to lie, while to "contaminate" is to pollute. To "daunt" is to make someone feel apprehensive or dismayed.

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